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Reed R. McCants (Producer/Director/Editor)

Reed is a 20-year veteran of film, television and stage. Reed has always been committed to devoting his time and energy to preserve and nurture the arts in the Afro-American community. A product of Harlem himself, Reed feels "It is essential to give back". Subsequently he has created or co-founded four Theatre companies. The Renaissance Drama Company, Rainbow Connection Theatre and Rebirth Drama Company. More recently, he is the Founder of the Live Theatre Gang, which has been in existence for ten years. During these tenures, he has produced and or directed well over 500 plays.  Reed's directorial debut was "Cuttin Da Mustard", the film that the characters of 40 and Leroy Web Series originated from. As a featured actor Reed can be seen in the film classic "Project X" starring Matthew Broderick, "Civil Brand" which also stars Mos Def, and T.D. Jakes's "Woman Thou Art Loosed: On The 7th Day" also staring Blair Underwood, Sharon Leal and Pam Grier, in theaters this April 13, 2012.




AG McC
ants (Producer)

AG is a playwright/poet/songwriter/filmmaker.  At the age of 19, she made her NYC Off-Broadway debut with her poetic play Café Millennium. She has been featured in the Source Magazine and reviewed in Backstage Magazine as “The future of theatre and contemporary art”.  Café Millennium has garnered Ah-Keisha a Rising Star AUDELCO® Award, notoriety from Playbill Magazine, Time Out New York, The Daily News, the Village Voice and most recently the Courier Post.  AG's poetry has been adapted into song for television, featured in films, and her poem, Used To Be was released internationally as a duet by jazz/blues artists Olu Dara and Cassandra Wilson. As a writer/director of film, AG is currently in pre-production for her short film "Greenhouse" produced by 31Productions.`                                                                                                                                              






Brian Holt (Producer)

Brian was born in New York City and raised on Long Island where he fell in love with old film scores.  He would memorize the works of Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Max Steiner and Quincy Jones, note-for-note. He would sit in front of the television recording theme songs to learn them on various instruments.  In high school he started playing guitar in a neighborhood band ‘Black Iceberg’. They would play the local clubs on weekends and had a regular slot on the classic “Ray Heatherton at Lunchtime” radio broadcast.  An early memory was on his 15th birthday playing at Harlem’s famed ‘Smalls Paradise’.  He studied finance at the Dowling College Business School on eastern Long Island.  He minored in trumpet and guitar through college played in everything from stage bands to funk, rock and reggae bands. After college he worked ten years on Wall Street at the Value Line Investment Survey, and later at Dreyfus Securities. He also worked a year as a Vault Auditor and did accounts payable for the Provident Loan Society. While playing nightly, he also continued his studies in piano and composition at New York School of Music, Paul Simon’s Guitar Study Center, Johnny Colon’s East Harlem School of Music, as well private tutelage all in New York.  In 1988, he left finance behind to open ESP Studios in East Harlem.  After selling the business, he toured with groups like the Chi-lites, Blue Magic, the Moments, the Stylistics and the Dells as sound engineer and guitar player. After time on the road, he switched gears to more hands on production and began working in many of New York’s top studios, including ‘The Hit Factory’, ‘Greene Street’, ‘ Firehouse’, ‘Streetlight’ and ‘D+D Studios.’ Brian has engineered and done studio work for artists like Public Enemy, Wutang Clan, Ice Cube, d'Angelo, Onyx, Busta Rhymes, Kurtis Blow, Big Daddy Kane, Shabba Ranks, Masta Ase, George Clinton, Ramsey Lewis, Bernard Dupree, Guru, Jam Master Jay, and many others.  During this time, he began interning at the Black Filmmakers Foundation in New York to learn aspects of production of film (lighting, camera, sound).  He moonlighted as sound-recordist doing field interviews for BET News, Johnson Publications, NPR, Public Television and others.  As an escape from studio work Brian began composing avant-garde pieces for various New York ‘performance artists’.  The demands of this type of music re-ignited memories of his love of film scores and since then he has been composing for commercials, independent films and film libraries.  He also owns and operates Solstar Studios in Los Angeles, and is an operating officer for Reel Rebel Productions and Sepidia Entertainment.



Thomas Karl (Executive Producer)

Thomas is CEO and President of Phychoice and has 18 years of experience in the dialysis service business. Thomas was formerly General Counsel of Renal Treatment Centers, Inc. and President of its international subsidiary and a contributor to its unprecedented growth in the company's business until 1998 when it was sold to Total Renal Care Group, Inc. now known as DaVita, Inc. As counsel he handled more than 65 acquisitions for RTC and was integrally involved with the development and implementation of business strategies associated with such growth. Karl's experience in the formation of dialysis companies, structures and operations is extensive. He was personally responsible for the formation, acquisition, operations and implementation of procedures and strategies of various start-up dialysis companies including those in the Republic of Argentina. RTC created operations in Argentina in 1995 and Karl, as President of RTC's international subsidiary was personally responsible for all aspects of the 42-dialysis facilities acquired under his direction. Karl was formerly a shareholder with the National law firm of Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney where he practiced in the area of healthcare acquisitions, finance and general corporate. In addition, Karl was a former partner from 1990 to 1995 of the Philadelphia based law firm of Duane, Morris & Heckscher.  Karl also worked on Wall Street as an assistant vice president with Irving Trust Company, prior to entering law school. Thomas is a 1978 graduate of the Wharton School of Finance and Commerce at the University of Pennsylvania and a 1983 graduate of The Dickinson School of Law. Member of Women in Film Los Angeles, American Bar Association Member of Entertainment and Film section, Thomas is also an Executive Producer of The Mighty Macs, Bottleworld and Cuttin Da Mustard feature films.



Neema Barnette (Executive Producer)
Neema is the first African American woman sitcom director and the first African American woman to get a three picture deal with Sony.  In 1990, she founded Harlem Girl Productions Corporation. Since 1997, Barnette is also working for the Harlem Lite Production. Barnette's work includes a mixture of film and television sitcoms, such as A Different World, The Cosby Show, Gilmore Girls, and 7th Heaven. Barnette has directed eight television films and two feature films. Her films included Civil Brand and Spirit Lost.  She has won numerous awards, honors, and nominations, among them an Emmy Award for her after-school special To Be a Man, two NAACP Image Awards, and a Sundance Film Festival Award. Neema has directed ten features for television and three features for the big screen.  Her latest being “WOMAN THOU ART LOOSED: ON THE 7TH DAY”, teaming up with the Bishop TD Jakes on his 2nd film under his franchise. The film is in theaters April 13th at AMC.


Dr. Melissa Caudle (Executive Producer)
Dr. Caudle is a producer, screenwriter, and author. Her films include Dark Blue, The Keystroke Killer, and Varla Jean and the Mushroom Heads. Books include topics for screenwriters and reality show producers including "The Reality of Reality TV," "How to Write a Logline," "How to Write a Synopsis," "How to Create a One Pager," and more.
 
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